California schools stumble implementing new mental health programs

February 17, 2016 by | Uncategorized

The California state government spent  $426 million on mental health in special education programs in 2014-2015. These programs provide the resources, counseling and medical services that occur for students with mental illness at school and in the greater community. A recent passing of legislation has left school districts responsible for providing these much needed services.


Fresh Friday: Top 5 Articles on Disability this week

February 12, 2016 by | Uncategorized

Each week Thompson Policy Institute rounds up the top 5 articles we found on the web about disability and autism. It’s a fast and digestible way to ensure you are staying up to date with the latest stats, information and research on disability. #5. Graduation Rates Lagging For Students With Disabilities


Save the Date: First Annual DisAbility Summit

February 5, 2016 by | Uncategorized

1st Annual DisAbility Summit May 3, 2016 9 am – 12 noon Musco Center for the Arts Chapman University   The Thompson Policy Institute (TPI) on Disability and Autism is a new think tank that gathers data and develops its own independent research to study and, when appropriate, advocate on


Rising graduation rates aren't full story for students with disabilities

February 2, 2016 by | Uncategorized

According to research by the US Department of Education, graduation rates for high school students with disabilities has trended positively over the last three years. Since the 2010-2011 school year, graduation rates have increased 4.1 percent. The hard work of educators has also resulted in record high graduation rates across the country. This is very exciting


Disability Studies: An interview with Dr. Phil Ferguson

January 26, 2016 by | Uncategorized

Thompson Policy Institute is proud to introduce its first interview. Our interviews strive to share insight about the disability community in hopes to ultimately impact policy change. Thompson Policy Institute explores and researches topics such as education, housing and integrated communities for people and families with disability and autism. This interview features Chapman University professor

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